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Notice

Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council

Action

Notice Of Teleconference.

Summary

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a public teleconference of the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council (Council).

 

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DATES: Back to Top

We will hold the teleconference on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). If you wish to listen to the teleconference, orally present material during the teleconference, or submit written material for the Council to consider during the teleconference, notify Joshua Winchell by Thursday, July 21, 2011. See instructions under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Joshua Winchell, Council Coordinator, 4401 N. Fairfax Dr., Mailstop 3103-AEA, Arlington, VA 22203; (703) 358-2639 (phone); (703) 358-2548 (fax); or joshua_winchell@fws.gov (e-mail).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

In accordance with the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., we give notice that the Council will hold a teleconference (see DATES).

Background Back to Top

Formed in February 2010, the Council provides advice about wildlife and habitat conservation endeavors that:

(a) Benefit recreational hunting;

(b) Benefit wildlife resources; and

(c) Encourage partnership among the public, the sporting conservation community, the shooting and hunting sports industry, wildlife conservation organizations, the States, Native American tribes, and the Federal Government.

The Council advises the Secretary of the Interior (DOI) and the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA), reporting through the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in consultation with the Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Chief of the Forest Service (USFS), Chief of the Natural Resources Service (NRCS), and Administrator of the Farm Services Agency (FSA). The Council's duties are strictly advisory and consist of, but are not limited to, providing recommendations for:

(a) Implementing the Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Resource Conservation Plan—A Ten-Year Plan for Implementation;

(b) Increasing public awareness of and support for the Sport Wildlife Trust Fund;

(c) Fostering wildlife and habitat conservation and ethics in hunting and shooting sports recreation;

(d) Stimulating sportsmen and women's participation in conservation and management of wildlife and habitat resources through outreach and education;

(e) Fostering communication and coordination among State, Tribal, and Federal Government; industry; hunting and shooting sportsmen and women; wildlife and habitat conservation and management organizations; and the public;

(f) Providing appropriate access to Federal lands for recreational shooting and hunting;

(g) Providing recommendation to improve implementation of Federal conservation programs that benefit wildlife, hunting, and outdoor recreation on private lands; and

(h) When requested by the agencies' designated ex officio members, or the Designated Federal Officer in consultation with the Council Chairman, performing a variety of assessments or reviews of policies, programs, and efforts, through the Council's designated subcommittees or workgroups.

Background information on the Council is available at http://www.fws.gov/whhcc.

Teleconference Agenda Back to Top

The Council will convene by telephone to discuss: (1) The U.S. Forest Service's Planning Rule, (2) the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Refuge System Vision document, (3) the conservation and forestry titles of the USDA Farm Bill, and (4) impacts to wildlife and habitat funding resulting from the Equal Access to Justice Act (5 U.S.C. 504; 28 U.S.C. 2412). In advance of the teleconference, we will post the final agenda and copies of materials to be discussed by the Council on the Internet at http://www.fws.gov/whhcc.

Procedures for Public Input Back to Top

Interested members of the public may listen to the teleconference, orally present material during the teleconference, or submit written material ahead of time for the Council to consider during the teleconference. Questions from the public will not be considered during the teleconference. Speakers who wish to expand upon oral statements they presented during the teleconference, or those who had wished to speak but could not be accommodated on the agenda, are invited to submit written statements to the Council before the teleconference.

Oral presentations will be limited to 2 minutes per speaker, with no more than a total of 30 minutes for all speakers. Those wishing to give oral presentations must notify the Council Coordinator by July 21, 2011.

Written statements must be received by July 21, 2011, so that the information may be made available to the Council for their consideration prior to this teleconference. Written statements must be supplied to the Council Coordinator in one of the following formats: One hard copy with original signature, or one electronic copy via e-mail. Please submit your statement to Joshua Winchell, Council Coordinator (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

In order to listen to or participate in this teleconference, you must register by close of business on July 21, 2011. Please submit your name, e-mail address, and phone number to Joshua Winchell, Council Coordinator (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

Teleconference Summary Minutes Back to Top

The Council Coordinator will maintain the teleconference's summary minutes, which will be available for public inspection at the location under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT during regular business hours within 90 days after the teleconference. You may purchase personal copies for the cost of duplication.

Dated:June 24, 2011.

Gregory E. Siekaniec,

Acting Deputy Director.

[FR Doc. 2011-16839 Filed 7-5-11; 8:45 am]

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